2011 Annual Report

2011 Federal Partners

As directed by our Congressional charter, NFWF works closely with U.S. government agencies to maximize conservation investments. These partners advanced our efforts in 2011.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

When Congress established NFWF in 1984, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) became our first federal partner. Today, FWS continues to work with NFWF to forge new initiatives that bring together conservation organizations, governments, businesses and individuals to generate new resources for conservation. From 1986 to 2011, NFWF leveraged $183 million in FWS-appropriated funds to support more than 4,314 grants to 1,800 conservation partners, resulting in more than $713 million for projects that benefit conservation in all 50 states, the U.S. Territories and around the globe.

In FY 2011, NFWF leveraged $7.7 million in FWS funds into approximately $31 million for on-the-ground conservation, focusing on at-risk species, habitat enhancement and community-based stewardship. The partnership works to increase populations of targeted species by supporting the restoration of landscape level habitats. Targeted areas include seabirds, migratory corridors, longleaf pine forest, early successional forest and Pacific salmon ecosystems.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NFWF have a longstanding partnership to sustain, restore and enhance marine and coastal habitats, as well as to increase populations of imperiled marine species. Working closely with the agency, NFWF has leveraged more than $63 million in NOAA funding to produce over $177 million for on-the-ground and in-the-water conservation.

In FY 2011, NFWF awarded $4.2 million in NOAA funds to projects focused on coral reefs, sea turtles, marine debris removal, marine protected areas, innovations for fisheries, and California coastal conservation. While some of these projects did not require matching funds, NFWF’s partners leveraged the NOAA funds with an additional $5.3 million for marine conservation.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

NFWF’s partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports innovative, large-scale nutrient and sediment reduction efforts, as well as community-based watershed restoration. Since 1998, NFWF’s grant programs sponsored by the agency have awarded approximately 1,400 grants leveraging $79 million in EPA funds into more than $225.4 million for restoration projects to improve water quality. For FY 2011, NFWF leveraged $18 million in EPA funds into more than $40.4 million through the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund, the Sustain Our Great Lakes program (in partnership with FWS), the Long Island Sound Futures Fund and the Five Star Restoration Program.

Bureau of Reclamation

NFWF works with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to implement the Walker Basin Restoration Program, a watershed-wide initiative established to restore Walker Lake in Nevada. During FY 2011, NFWF continued to acquire water from willing sellers and began the legal process to protect that water instream for the benefit of Walker Lake. Grants to local conservation districts support the revegetation of retired farmland, the reduction of the overall water footprint, and improved agricultural production. Other NFWF grants aid water leasing, water conservation, land stewardship, decision support for water acquisitions, and associated research. Partners include the University of Nevada-Reno, the Walker River Irrigation District, the Walker River Paiute Tribe, state agencies, local governments, farmers and ranchers.

Bonneville Power Administration

In partnership with the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), NFWF supports an innovative, incentive-based initiative to improve river and stream flows for imperiled fish in the Columbia River Basin. Its Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program is the first regional effort in the nation to enhance flows in tributaries compromised by legal water diversions. With an investment of $4.6 million during FY 2011, agency, tribal and nonprofit partners in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana secured more than 111,260 acre-feet instream to boost high-priority, fish-bearing habitat across the region, the highest annual increase to date.

USDA Forest Service

For more than 20 years, NFWF and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service (FS) have worked together to conserve forested lands through stewardship and watershed restoration programs. Through this relationship, NFWF has grown $36.7 million in FS-appropriated funds into more than $177 million to benefit forest species and ecosystems. In FY 2011, NFWF awarded $3 million in FS-appropriated funds, which were leveraged into $19.3 million for projects throughout the country. With the goal of improving watershed health through the restoration of forest ecosystems, NFWF focused on meadow restoration in California, the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay watersheds, Crown of the Continent migratory corridors, and south­eastern longleaf pine forests. Other projects directly benefit species of mutual concern, such as Gunnison sage grouse, Eastern brook trout and early successional migratory songbirds.

Bureau of Land Management

NFWF and the Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have supported conservation efforts on or benefiting the nation’s federal rangeland ecosystems for two decades. During that time, NFWF has leveraged $42 million in BLM-appropriated funds into more than $169 million for habitat restoration and species recovery activities. In FY 2011, NFWF partnered with BLM and FS on a youth conservation employment program which will provide more than 500 youth with hands-on conservation opportunities. NFWF also leveraged $2.9 million in BLM funds into more than $12.9 million for conservation projects focused on native fish and plant habitat restoration, Gunnison sage grouse and lesser prairie-chicken recovery, and the conservation of key desert habitats.

Natural Resources Conservation Service

In FY 2011, NFWF entered into new partnerships with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) focused on the restoration of the longleaf pine ecosystem, recovery of the Lesser prairie-chicken, and the reduction of pollution in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. NFWF also launched a joint program with NRCS to increase on-the-ground ecological capacity associated with private lands. More than $1.5 million was awarded to support innovative public-private partnerships to assist private landowners in the conservation of declining wildlife populations.

In 2011, the Foundation also worked with the following agencies:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Department of Defense
Marine Mammal Commission
National Park Service
U.S. Coast Guard
USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service

2011 Corporate Partners

Philanthropic support from America’s leading corporations enables NFWF to build on its federal and private contributions, increasing the resources available for conservation. We salute these firms for their generous commitment.


Through its partnership with NFWF, Altria is helping to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay and other important waters. Altria supports improved water quality by investing in effective conservation and restoration practices, and by accelerating implementation of the most innovative, sustainable, and cost-effective strategies.

Anheuser-Busch / Budweiser

For nearly 20 years, Anheuser-Busch has partnered with NFWF to fund programs that restore wildlife habitat, improve public access, educate future leaders in conservation, and conserve the nation’s outdoor heritage. Its Help Budweiser Help the Outdoors program has protected critical wildlife habitat across the U.S. and recognizes outstanding volunteers through the Conservationist of the Year Award program.


ArcelorMittal and NFWF’s Sustain our Great Lakes program, launched in 2007, supports collaborative approaches to the conservation of wetlands and other critical fish and wildlife habitat. In addition to restoring streams, wetlands, shoreline and upland areas in the Great Lakes region, it has trained and educated more than 6,500 students, teachers, volunteers, and residents.

Bass Pro Shops

Bass Pro Shops and the Johnny Morris Foundation support the More Fish Campaign, which promotes fish habitat protection, enhancement, and restoration projects nationally. It focuses on engaging agencies, anglers, and other conservation groups at Table Rock Lake and the White River watershed in Arkansas and Missouri.

Bed Bath & Beyond

At Bed Bath & Beyond stores nationwide, $1 from the sale of reusable shopping bags is donated to NFWF to support marine and coastal programs across the country. Proceeds support the restoration of water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound and the protection of sea turtles and seabirds from harmful marine debris.


In 2010, BP joined with NFWF to establish the Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife, a program to support species imperiled by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The fund was made possible with proceeds from BP’s share of net revenue from oil recovered from the Deepwater Horizon site. In Alaska and Canada, BP Alaska has provided support for vital research on the Beaufort Sea polar bear. BP has also provided support to monitor imperiled sea duck populations.


ConocoPhillips and NFWF have worked together for more than 17 years. The ConocoPhillips SPIRIT of Conservation Migratory Bird Program, launched in 2005, conserves threatened birds and their habitats around the world. It has provided funding for 39 projects in 10 states and five countries, protecting or enhancing more than 84,000 acres of priority bird habitat. ConocoPhillips in Alaska has partnered with NFWF since 2003 to support polar bear research and Cook Inlet beluga whale conservation projects.


Covanta Energy, NFWF, NOAA and Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. provide a no-cost way for fishermen to dispose of old, derelict or unusable fishing gear through the Fishing for Energy program. The program works with state and local agencies, community and industry groups and local ports to collect and recycle gear. Remaining waste is converted into clean, renewable electricity for local communities. More than 445 tons of marine debris has been collected to date.


Through EarthSmart Outreach, FedEx works with NFWF in 14 U.S. cities to fund urban conservation projects. With FedEx team member engagement, the projects restore watersheds, improve air quality, encourage environmental stewardship, and foster community environmental education.

PG&E Corporation

Since 1999, PG&E has partnered with NFWF on the Nature Restoration Trust: Empowering Communities program, which supports habitat restoration within PG&E’s service districts in California. PG&E and NFWF empower local communities to care for native habitats and species and engage youth in hands-on restoration.

Shell Oil Company

The Shell Marine Habitat Program funds conservation projects that benefit marine and coastal habitats and species in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska. The program has led to the remarkable recovery of the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle along the Texas coast.

Southern California Edison

Southern California Edison (SCE) and NFWF launched a new partnership in 2011 to support the restoration and enhancement of natural habitats in central, coastal, and southern California. This program takes into account community needs and priorities within SCE’s service area and provides funds to non-profits and agencies working with local citizens. It conserves and restores important habitat on public and private lands.

Southern Company

Southern Company’s Power of Flight Bird Conservation Fund protects birds through habitat and species restoration and environmental education; its Longleaf Legacy Program helps to restore and conserve the longleaf pine ecosystem and sequester atmospheric carbon dioxide. Southern Company also partners with NFWF and EPA in the Five Star Restoration Program that supports community-based wetland, riparian, and coastal habitat restoration.

Tradewind Energy

Enel Green Power North America’s Caney River Wind Project and its development partner, TradeWind Energy, are working with NFWF to preserve the tallgrass prairie ecosystem of the Midwest as they supply wind power to the region. To protect and conserve wildlife and habitat in the region, they have partnered with NFWF to fund a conservation easement on Red Buffalo Ranch and protect additional tallgrass prairie acreage in Kansas.


Walmart and NFWF created Acres for America in 2005 to conserve vital open lands for future generations. With a commitment to permanently conserve at least one acre of priority wildlife habitat for every acre developed for the company’s facilities, the partnership has already far surpassed Walmart’s initial goal; 39 projects covering 679,000 acres have been funded in 26 states. The scope of Acres for America projects has recently expanded to include urban conservation efforts in eight U.S. cities.

To learn more about NFWF corporate partnerships, contact Joe Bond, Director of Corporate Relations, at 202-595-2452 or joe.bond@nfwf.org.